Murder rates highest in rural areas

2011-01-19 19:14

Cape Town - Nine of the ten municipalities with the highest murder rates in South Africa are in rural areas, and five of them in KwaZulu-Natal, the SA Institute for Race Relations said on Wednesday.

Topping the murder list was the Cacadu district municipality of the Eastern Cape, which covers an area that includes Humansdorp, Willowmore, Graaff-Reinet and Grahamstown.

The institute said these figures had been compiled for its annual South Africa Survey, to be published next week.

"A person in South Africa has the highest likelihood of being... sexually assaulted in the Xhariep district of the Free State, violently robbed personally or at their business premises in the City of Johannesburg, and is most vulnerable to attack if they own a home in the Metsweding district of Gauteng," it said.

The survey compared the 46 district municipalities and six metropolitan municipalities using four serious crime categories - murder, aggravated robbery, sexual offences, and drug-related crime - and two sub-categories - robberies at business and residential premises.

Of the 10 district municipalities with the highest murder rates, nine were in rural areas.

Three of those were in the Eastern Cape, one in the Free State, and five in KwaZulu-Natal.

Lowest murder rate

Ekurhuleni had the lowest murder rate when compared to other metros.

The Cacadu and Xhariep districts had the first and second highest rates of murder respectively and exchanged places for the top two positions when it came to sexual offences.

Municipalities with the six highest rates of drug-related crime were all in the Western Cape.

The City of Johannesburg had the highest rates of aggravated and business robberies, and the second highest rate of residential robbery after Metsweding.

All six metros were in the list of the ten worst rates of aggravated robbery.

Rural municipalities that made it into the top ten for robberies were Ilembe (KwaZulu-Natal) under aggravated and residential robbery; Motheo (Free State); Bojanala Platinum (North West); Xhariep under business robbery; and Bojanala, Ilembe and Uthungulu (KwaZulu-Natal), and Ehlanzeni (Mpumalanga), under residential robbery.

The institute said it used raw figures from the SA Police Force and population figures from the SA Local Government Association to calculate the municipalities’ crime rates per 100 000 people.

"The list of the ten areas with the highest rates of sexual offences was characterised by an equal mix of urban and rural areas," it said.

"The Alfred Nzo and OR Tambo districts of the Eastern Cape are among the ten districts with the lowest incidence of sexual offences," it said.

This was even though the areas were "rife" with child abduction and child rape, owing to the perversion of the traditional custom of ukuthwala or forced marriage.

In general, violence against people was more prevalent in rural areas, while offenders in urban areas seemed more preoccupied with "the violent appropriation of material possessions".

  • Niels - 2011-01-19 20:00

    How on earth can Humansdorp, Grahamstown, Graaf Reneit and Willowmore be in the same municipal district?

      barry.mcbride - 2011-01-20 18:07

      Yes; Only on earth, if so be it!

  • Wernerkwane - 2011-01-19 20:07

    It is a shame that the poor still suffer in our new "Democracy". The ANC only look after a very select few. Well Dumb A$$es! you get what you vote for! Viva ANC Viva!!! - 2011-01-21 07:22

      Well said....

      chub - 2011-01-23 20:44

      Let your fingers do the walking... and vote for a different party :D

  • Mundu - 2011-01-19 20:09

    Where the hell are these places? I don't recognise any of the place names> How will I know if I found myself there? I guess I would know by the type of crime I experience....If i get raped...must be in Xhariep. What a stupid pointless country.

      John Seloa - 2011-01-20 13:53

      You are the stupid and pointless one. Go get the atlas/map and farmiliarise yourself with your own country (i.e. if you are South African).

      Thouca - 2011-01-20 15:05

      @mundu...u chop

      Mundu - 2011-01-20 20:04

      Why don't both of you go to Xhariep and get you know what.

      Thouca - 2011-01-20 20:40

      mundu ......u pointless chop

      Hugh - 2011-01-22 08:05

      Hey A holes you started something. I have the latest map bought from the government printer. It does show any of the funny named places maybe you well infortmed gentlemen who are quick to slag, care to advise where they have purchased their maps.

  • GBES - 2011-01-20 12:43

    In the Western Cape drug crimes are high.Thank goodbess, I only need to steer clear of drug dens. Sjoe ,what a relief.

  • freddyvdm - 2011-01-20 15:16

    dhuuua that is where all the criminals live what do u expect .the darker the tan the darker the crime .and that is world wide .try argue!!!!!!

      Concerned - 2011-01-20 15:44

      which planet do you live on. Just having your brain is a crime already

      Cynical_BStd - 2011-01-20 15:47

      Freddyvdm my argument Italian Mafia, Israeli mafia, Russian Mafia, Columbian Mafia, Mexican Drug Cartels, Chinese Traids, European chilp porn rings, Eatstern European human traffikers, Taliban Herion trade make Africans "Pale" in comparison - They will fly thousands of Miles to kick the shite out of you and rip your six years old daughters heart out

      barry.mcbride - 2011-01-20 18:21

      LOL, it's only White people who need to tan! - 2011-01-21 07:52

      Cynical you notice "the gangs" are all organised. You need a brain to do that, what,s africas excuse?

  • Concerned - 2011-01-20 15:48

    the thinking of Freddy is the real crime and by the sounds of it he has the lightest tan

      freddyvdm - 2011-01-20 16:00

      Yes im white .here the main colour of crime is black .dont get me wrong give it a few more years and you will probably have more white criminals as the country goes to hell .

  • freddyvdm - 2011-01-20 16:09

    @Cynical_BStd Dude you wach to much TV a little gangsat or what.hahahah.yea mafia people to fuc%ing stooped to make an honest living .and no 2 concerned you must be blk or a white suck up.

      Thouca - 2011-01-20 18:26

      freddy...u win chop of the month ....naana

  • Peter - 2011-01-21 05:20

    This is sad news indeed. The paradox is that, with the law having been altered in the way it has, if you take action to defend yourself (i.e., shoot the perpetrator) you will probably be regarded as a greater criminal than the original violator. Is South Africa going forwards or backwards? (At least, I suppose, we're in the news...)

  • foitapoilet - 2011-01-21 07:36

    Demographically, this proves the point where lies the least civilisation in our 'New" South Africa. When the president of the country sings "Umshini Wam" to the crowds, It reminds us that its a cultural thing. Just kill when you want and there is no law or police effective enough to prevent this, especially in the rural areas that still live in the dark ages.. Vote ANC and it will continue......

  • SumDumBum - 2011-01-21 14:45

    Phew, what a relief! Living in Jo'burg now means I'll only get shot, stabbed, tazered, mugged or beaten up, but not killed! Thanks JZ and co!

  • Waine Jonathan - 2011-01-22 01:18

    What an indictment on the people of our beloved country? Such a low regard for human life.

  • Hugh - 2011-01-22 08:13

    If they did their homework as it is assumed. Then the politically incorrect is not being mentioned. In most of these areas that we know are predominantly black and poor. Using the same demographic of persons per 100,000. How many attacks were on white farmers and homes. I ask because crimes like robbery and assult is supposed to be a socioecconomic problem. The poor most certainly would be least likely to rob or bugularise a poor man.

  • marco - 2011-01-24 04:26

    Nice to see that Cape Town and Pretoria are not mentioned in this survey.Maybe because of the use of all these Bantu Language names they now have in South Africa for cities and municipalities instead of their original English or Afrikans language names my goodness how things have change since I left SA in the mid 1980's.Has to be the best two places to live in South Africa I guess especially near that new GreenPoint Stadium in Cape Town.Voting for one party instead off voting for the other won't change people perception in South Africa ie your criminals with this inborn natural instinct they have to kill people for what you have and what they want.Your ANC government keeps "throwing the book" back in our faces by blaming everything murderous and criminal in your country on your wretched past of "The Apartheid's Legacy" to try and patch over the seriousness of the cracks that is in their government, it's policies for tackling these major issues and their way of ruling or destroying I should say,the country.See saying blaming it on Apartheid don't fly anymore as even more and more tourist-who by the way most of whom has nothing to do with Apartheid and what it has done are now being drag into this rotten,barbaric quagmire of indecent behaviour towards civilized people aswell.Everywhere you look in the media over here in England their is a story on how bad South Africa's crime is and your government laughing at it by always saying"ag you know the media like to sensationalised stories"or some other K@K shows you how sadistic the government has become.The ANC or the current ruling party government refuses to acknowlegde that they have failed their citizens miserably on crime and the fact that it's not in their manifesto to do something about it quickly enough so why bother they'd argue.They more concern about nationalization of the mines,thowing massive birthday parties with parading half dressed female models,infighting about quota K@K or black representation on all levels in life then putting more of a police presence everywhere on South African crime hotspots

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